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Sports for the mind

Outside the L.C. Bird High School gym on Saturday, Feb. 5, there were all the trappings of a typical sporting event: The loud cheering of the fans, the announcer’s steady broadcasting and the enticing aroma coming from the concession stand nearby.

Students focus on service at Bellwood

Whether it’s by collecting ChapStick for soldiers or selling candy grams to raise money for a classmate, the students and faculty at Bellwood Elementary School are always ready to lend a helping hand.

Cla Meredith speaks at Meadowbrook

Major League baseball player Cla Meredith visited Meadowbrook High School last Tuesday, speaking in the lecture hall to roughly 50 of the school’s male student-athletes. A free-agent for most of the winter, Meredith signed the next day with the Washington Nationals. The team has invited him to spring training, which will be starting in the next few weeks.

Scholarship competition set for Feb. 27

The Chester Lions Club will sponsor its annual Bland Music Scholarship Competition on Sunday, Feb. 27, in the Chester Baptist Church sanctuary, located at 4317 W. School St. The program will begin at 2 p.m. Doors will open at 1 p.m., according to information from the club.

Matoaca students help clean yards

The weather was cold and the day overcast, but the warm spirit of service was burning bright last month when the Matoaca High School Red Cross Club helped several local citizens clear leaves from their yards, according to information from Librarian Alda Moore.

Chester residents make Dean’s List at Radford

Five Chester residents have been named to the fall semester Dean’s List at Radford University, according to information from the school.

Matoaca Middle student serves at state Senate

For Matoaca Middle School student Nathan Berry, serving at the General Assembly runs in the family.

Stafford Foundation donates $100,000 to VSU

Earl W. Stafford, chairman and chief executive officer of The Stafford Foundation, has donated $100,000 to Virginia State University, a university press release says. Stafford served as the keynote speaker at VSU’s 2010 Fall Commencement.